The Federal Government has announced a no fault COVID-19 indemnity scheme following extensive consultation. The scheme will provide a safety net for anyone seriously affected by a COVID-19 vaccination. The process for compensation will be administered by Services Australia and the TGA will provide guidance on recognised adverse reactions. From the 6 September 2021 Australians who suffer injury and loss of income due to their COVID-19 vaccination can register their intent to claim here. For further information visit health.gov.au
The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has developed a guide for employers on COVID-19 vaccinations and the workplace. Visit our COVID-19 page to access a copy of the guide.
Businesses with people moving in and out of the LGAs of concern in NSW need to ensure their people have and carry a permit from 28 August. This includes authorised workers leaving LGAs of concern for work as well as anyone entering a LGA of concern for work. Also, anyone travelling more than 50km for work from Greater Sydney to regional NSW must carry a permit.
To obtain a worker permit you must register your travel through the Services NSW website here. Once you have registered your details you will receive an email confirmation - this is your permit. You must carry your permit with you at all times and permits are valid for 14 days. For further information visit: https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/transaction/register-your-travel-within-nsw
Authorised workers must have a permit when attending a worksite. For more detail on who is an authorised worker, an authorised provider, and how to access a permit click here.
The ACT government has agreed to lift the construction pause and has released COVID-19 requirements for construction. Please note that professional services (such as architectural and engineering services) are permitted, either on site, at the sector office or in the head office, to the extent necessary to facilitate the permitted construction activities. Remembering that COVIDSafe Plans and the like need to be in place.
6 September 2021